A Review of Current Early Trauma Group Response Interventions

for Adult & Child Populations

Online Workshop

Date:  Saturday 09 December 2023


Time:  10:00h to 17:00h


Cost:  €120


Presenters:  Professor Derek Farrell MBE & Johnny Moran


CPD:  6 CPD Hours approved with EMDR All-Ireland Association


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Workshop Outline:

Introduction and overview into current Early Trauma Response and Trauma Capacity Building Interventions including empirically supported Psychological Treatment Interventions for Adults and Children

Acute Stress Reactions experienced by people during a traumatic event are normal responses to an abnormal event. Trauma Response Protocols require safety, relevance efficiency, effectiveness for the specific target population and its traumatic challenges with appropriate culture sensitivity incorporating Emotional, Cognitive, Physiological Behavioural and Spiritual Responses.  Timing and Selection of most suitable Trauma Response Intervention is critical.

Untreated  Traumatic Reactions fester and can contribute to longer recovery, expanded symptom duration that are experienced weeks, months and years after the traumatic event which can, untreated, develop  into recurrent distress, anxieties, depressions including  flashbacks,  levels of dissociations, avoidance behaviours increasing risks of Post-Traumatic Stress and associated Trauma driven disorders.

Addressing Moral and Spiritual Injury is also a significant factor for consideration in the continuum of Trauma Response Treatment.

As demonstrated in the Early Response Projects with Trauma Response Network Ireland www.trnireland.ie and Trauma Aid Europe www.trauma-aid-europe.org , Trauma Responses were delivered for the conflict in Ukraine in March & April 2022 and April 2023, where despite an ongoing traumatic environment it was demonstrated doing something is clearly more effective than doing nothing.

Tailored Early Trauma Response can serve to both provide initial support to manage symptoms, support current coping capacities, boost resilience in addition to supporting recovery, healing and post traumatic growth while also building local Trauma Capacity.

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Learning Outcomes:

  1. Introduction to EMDR Informed Early Intervention and Trauma Response Protocols for Adults and Child Populations 
  1. Critique the Core Elements of existing Trauma Response Early Interventions 
  1. Review Challenges, Priorities, Considerations in terms of operating and local delivery considerations in the Trauma Impacted Regions 
  1. Review and Inform on current and recent relevant Trauma Response Research and empirically supported Psychological Treatment Intervention



Prof Derek Farrell MBE – Professor in Trauma Psychology at University of Worcester (UK), EMDR Europe Accredited Senior Trainer & Consultant, BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist. Derek is the President of Trauma Aid Europe & Trauma Response Network Ireland. He has been involved in several Humanitarian Trauma Capacity Building programmes, including Pakistan, Turkey, India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Poland, Philippines, and Palestine, with ongoing projects in Iraq, Lebanon, and Ukraine. Derek has authored over 50 academic peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters and is the Co-Editor of the Journal of EMDR Practice & Research. Finally, Derek has an international reputation as a conference speaker.

Johnny Moran Clinical Director Open Minds Centre www.openmindscentre.ie , clinic specialising in treatment of Trauma. Johnny is an accredited EMDR Europe Consultant, an Accredited EMDR Europe Child & Adolescents Consultant, EMDR Institute Training Facilitator. Johnny has completed the EMDR Europe Standard Trainer in Training programme and is currently completing the EMDR Europe Child Trainer in Training Programme. Johnny is an Accredited Psychotherapist and Accredited Supervisor with IAHIP (Irish Association Humanistic Integrative Therapy). He is National Coordinator for Trauma Response Network Ireland www.trnireland.ie and is actively involved in supporting Trauma Response and Trauma Research Projects, serving on the Boards of Trauma Aid Europe and EMDR All Ireland National Association.